Management Essentials – Understanding Working Capital

By Andrew Haworth

 

In the last Management Essentials blog, I discussed 5 key sales and profit terms, I will now provide explanations for some of the basic things you need to understand about business cash-flow and the business phenomenon commonly known as “working capital”.

Having worked with hundreds of SMEs through Cranfield’s Business Growth Programme (BGP), for over 10 years now, it is more often than not, a lack of know-how with finance that inhibits business owners and hampers or restricts business...

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The new business tool that could save you time and boost your growth (for free!)

By Matt Puttick

What could you achieve in 20 minutes? Catch-up on emails, make that call you keep putting off, take a quick look at the figures and see if you're on track? OR, create a 14-page business growth plan that will benchmark you against some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs?

A no-brainer, right? And it sounds a little unachievable, but thankfully, that's not the case, there's now a tool that will help you achieve exactly that. Launched by Cranfield School of Management, the Business Growth...

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How digital can help an SME Business effectively launch a product

By Guest Blog

Guest blog, provided by Sean Singleton, BGP Alumni, Managing Director at Your Favourite Story.

The beauty of digital marketing is it allows SME businesses to punch massively above their weight. However, it's not easy and requires effort and expertise.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for SME businesses to find new effective routes to engage customers at every level. As product lifecycles continue to decrease and brand loyalty is at an all-time low, businesses must re-examine marketing...

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Become a 'Corporate Athlete' and Perform Under Pressure

By Dr Veronica Burke

When it comes to achieving success in business, the route to the top is not dissimilar to that taken by elite athletes. Top performers in sport and business understand how to optimise their psychological and physical strengths to cope well under pressure.

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Company values – without them, you could have a driverless car dilemma

By Peter Swanson
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Essentials of Management: Understand Sales and Profit Using 5 Key Terms

By Andrew Haworth

What gets measured gets managed.

So, if you want to improve the management of your business and/or profitably, manage its growth, you’ll need to get to grips with your numbers and establish some useful metrics (measures of how you are doing).

To do this well you’ll need to get comfortable with a few key financial concepts.

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Everything You Need to Know About Managing Conflict at Work

By Dr Veronica Burke

Believe it or not, conflict in the workplace can be a good thing, it can also be a very bad thing. In simple terms, conflict is a form of interaction between parties who differ in interests, perceptions or preferences. It is an inevitable part of organisational life and can take many forms.

Pressure to meet performance targets, lack of resources, rapid organisational change and power differences may all give rise to conflict and as a result, effective conflict handling is a critical...

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5 New Year Resolutions for Managers

By Nick Foot

 

Did you know, the single most common reason people switch jobs is because of their Line Manager?

So, the New Year is a great time to make some resolutions associated with your behaviour as a Manager to sit alongside your other goals of getting fit, buying a new house or car or whatever else you have promised yourself this year.

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Going Global Means Thinking Global: 8 Tips to Consider

By Dr Shai Vyakarnam

There are some choices to be made as an entrepreneur. First of all, do you want to build a global business, or go for a more lifestyle business?

Both are good – but the consequences of the next steps are very different. Here are 8 tips to consider, if you are thinking global:

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Professor Puzzle - BGP business is officially amongst the faster growers

By Peter Swanson

This week the 2016 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 was announced, with one of our BGP Alumni coming in at number 39 for the fastest growing privately owned British businesses.

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